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92% of Alumni, 4 Trustees v 12 Trustees
This is breakdown of support in the Dartmouth Association of Alumni lawsuit against the Dartmouth Board of Trustees. One doesn ‘t have to be a Math major to see where the balance lies. A poll of 55,000 alumni by mail (although all could not, of course, be reached) returned the result that 92% of alumni support their right to elect 50% of the Board of Trustees (as do 4 of the elected alumni trustees). These thousands stand against the 12 trustees who would dilute this right. This is what the lawsuit is about.
The question that initially bothered me was, well, I agree with parity but is there really any need for a lawsuit? The more I looked in to the matter the more clearly the answer is yes. The Association of Alumni has attempted to compromise at every stage. But because a few high up people do not like what many alumni have to say, the Board is attempting to take away alumni ‘s right to say it. By diluting the number of alumni-elected trustees, they are attempting to pack the Board and take away the long-standing alumni rights of all Dartmouth men and women.
In 1819 the New Hampshire state legislature attempted to manhandle Dartmouth ‘s charter and impose their imperious will on students, alumni, and the institution. There the trustees of the College sued and, represented by Daniel Webster, the case went before the Supreme Court before which the rights of Dartmouth were unequivocally upheld. Today we are faced with a similar situation. The Board-packing scheme has been challenged in court and, thus far, met with a resounding legal €œNo! € from the court.
In the upcoming Association of Alumni election, alumni have the opportunity to join in protecting the College. The opportunity to say €œNo! € to those who would take away the rights of alumni to determine the direction of our College. The opportunity to say €œYes! € to an optimistic vision of Dartmouth that recognizes how great Dartmouth is today and how it can be still greater in the future. This election is about the opportunity to vote to maintain the right to vote, and to say €œIt is, Sir, as I have said, a small college. And yet there are those who love it! €
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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